Home Nurse course Nursing Student, Track Athlete Finds Her Shape With Tiny Tusks Program

Nursing Student, Track Athlete Finds Her Shape With Tiny Tusks Program


Photo submitted

Quinn Owen, nursing student and Razorback track athlete.

Quinn Owen, a student at the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing, plans to specialize in neonatal or pediatric care after graduation. The U of A senior is also an athlete. So earning clinical hours through the nursing school Tiny Tusks program was the perfect fit.

“I love interning for Tiny Tusks because I get the opportunity to support an underserved community in the sports fan world – mothers and their little ones,” she said. “We are fortunate to provide a space for moms to breastfeed, pump or simply escape the heat and noise of Razorback Athletics events so they can be part of the live action with all the other Hog enthusiasts.”

Tiny Tusks provide a clean and private space for parents at home football and basketball games. Owen and other nursing students share information about breastfeeding and supporting infants. They also involve their older siblings in face painting, crafts and other fun activities.

The program even influenced Owen’s nursing school plans. She created a pamphlet on the benefits of breastfeeding during the pandemic to distribute to parents. And she’s working on a literature review with co-intern Brianna Purser on barriers to breastfeeding in neonatal intensive care units. “After spending time in the NICU for clinics and seeing how vulnerable NICU patients are, I wanted to learn more about what deters people from breastfeeding their babies who have been admitted,” said she declared.

Owen also has a personal history with NICU babies. She has three younger siblings, two of whom spent their first months in intensive care.

“Although I was young, I remember how stressful that time was for my parents,” she said. “To this day, my mum and dad rave about the amazing nurses who cared for my little brother and sister. The profession of nursing encompasses all that it means to live with the heart of a servant, and I look forward to being inspired daily by those who work with and around me.”

If there’s anything that rivals Owen’s dedication to nursing, it’s being a Razorback track and field athlete.

“Track has been a big part of my life ever since I discovered my affinity for the sport in my freshman year of high school,” she said. “I’ve been a footballer all my life and never knew all the world of athletics had to offer. I quickly took off my football cleats, picked up a pair of running cleats and didn’t never looked back.”

Owen loves the way sports showcase and challenge the physical capabilities of the human body. “It’s the ultimate test of your mental toughness and emotional discipline,” she said. “When you train, you’re not just training to beat other people or other teams; you’re preparing to improve yourself and your teammates. I think that’s what I love so much about the game. track, the community.

“It’s true that we each have that competitive spirit. We each want to win or achieve a personal best. But, above all, the Razorback track team competes for each other.”

Of course, it was a challenge to balance nursing school and running. Each is demanding in itself.

“Every day is different, so constant communication with my coaches and instructors to accomplish everything that needs to be done in a day is key,” she said. “Although my schedule is a bit of a juggling act, I wouldn’t trade the experiences that the nursing program and the athletics program gave me. I’ve grown so much as an individual. “

Owen said the busy schedule will no doubt serve as excellent preparation for the next chapter in life, which begins soon. She will be graduating from nursing school on May 14.

The Texas-born said she would like to spend the early years of her nursing career in a hospital setting, learning how to care for toddlers. Ultimately, she would like to pursue a doctorate in nursing practice and care for families who live in health care deserts away from big cities. “Developing a primary practice in an area with limited access to health and wellness services is the ultimate dream job,” she said.

Owen said his dream life would include settling down on a big ranch one day. “I don’t have a shred of knowledge about owning and operating a ranch, but who says I can’t learn?”

This story is the latest in a series called Dean’s Spotlight, featuring outstanding students from the College of Education and Health Professions. Visit COEHP’s online magazine, the College, for more news from the six units that make up the College. Visit the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing page for more information on COEHP’s various nursing programs.